We understand that some of the uniforms of flight attendants have been contaminated with formaldehyde and pentachlorophenol. Exposure to these chemicals can cause serious health effects.
Pentachlorophenol is a chemical which is used as a wood preservative for utility poles and railroad ties and as a pesticide.
It can cause an elevation in body temperature sometimes leading to organ damage. Damage to the immune system and the reproductive system can result from exposure to pentachlorophenol. It is a possible carcinogen. It is usually eliminated from the body in 2-3 days, but it can accumulate in fatty tissue and affect liver and kidneys.
Formaldehyde is an organic compound of the aldehyde family. It is found in building products and is used in the chemical and medical industries. It has sterilization and preservative properties. It is used in the creation of foam insulation and to treat some types of fabrics.
It is a probable human carcinogen. It is an eye and respiratory irritant. It can cause eczema and is a sensitizer. Sensitizing substances cause increased sensitivity to smaller and smaller amounts of their presence in the air.
The Environmental Health Center Dallas can assist you in:
- Reducing the risk of exposure to these chemicals,
- Clearing the tissues of any residual chemical and break down products from these exposures,
- Treating sensitivity responses to these substances.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 214-373-5146.